December 13, 2003 Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is found by American soldiers hiding in a hole in a farmyard near his hometown, Tikrit. He had been on the run since Iraq’s capital Baghdad fell to the US military on April 9, three weeks after the US-led invasion of the country.
The news of his capture was made official the following day by the US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremner, with the words “We got him!” Saddam had ruled Iraq with an iron fist since 1979 and before the 2003 invasion had presided over two large-scale wars: against Iran in the 1980s and an international coalition led by the United States in 1990. Two years after his capture, Saddam was found guilty of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court and sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence was carried out on December 30, 2006.
Also on December 13: Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to visit Europe (1918); Israel’s Knesset votes to move the capital to Jerusalem (1949); Kofi Annan is nominated as the Secretary-General of the United Nations (1996).
Born on December 13: Dick Van Dyke (1925), Steve Buscemi (1957), Jamie Foxx (1967), Rickie Fowler (1988), Taylor Swift (1989).